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Packing Materials
  • Make your arrangements for moving specialists and materials as far ahead of your moving date as possible
  • Read and ensure that you understand all the terms and conditions of your contract (Bill of Lading.)
  • If you plan to do your own packing, start well before your moving date. This avoids a last minute “packing rush”.
  • Leave one box open and label it “OPEN FIRST”, for items you may need immediately upon your arrival at your new home (example: modem, phone, tools, toiletries, remote controls, answering machine, etc.)
  • Extremely fragile items such as glass, flat screens, and mirrors should be professionally packed or crated.
  • Open Liquids should not be shipped as they can leak and cause damage to your shipment.
  • Pack heavy items in small boxes (example: books in small cartons, bedding in large cartons.)
  • Label boxes by the room you would like them moved to, not from(example: master bedroom, kitchen, basement, garage, etc.)
  • Label the top and sides of all cartons with your name and destination room in BOLD LETTERS for easy identification.
  • Set up a specific area in your home for all items NOT to be moved and inform your movers of where this area is.
  • Defrost your refrigerator and freezer the day before moving (freezers must be empty at time of loading.)
  • Dispose of all flammables such as matches, aerosols, fuels and propane tanks before your moving date.
  • Empty dresser drawers, and remove all fragile items and liquids.
  • Take any currency, jewelry, and valuable documents with you. Movers will not take responsibility for articles of “extraordinary value.”
  • Complete a walk through of your home with your truck foreman to ensure all items have been removed (check closets, cupboards, behind doors, etc.)
  • Before loading is complete, give your foreman a phone number where you can be reached once you leave. It is VERY important to provide an alternative contact number in case you cannot be reached at your new home.
  • If your move occurs during extreme weather conditions, allow your electronics to acclimatize before plugging them in at your new home.
  • Make sure any missing items are identified and removed from the truck before the truck foreman and crew depart.
  • Keep a copy of your contract (Bill of Lading), as most moves are tax deductible.
  • Method of Payment – The foreman is required to collect payment in full once the crew has unloaded the truck. Final payment must be made by: CASH, CASHIER’s CHECK or MONEY ORDERS. Make payable to: MOVE WITHIN MOVERS Chicago, Inc.
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